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NEW INFORMATION: Jury finds Cain Moss guilty


LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) --
A jury convicted the man police say dumped the body of another man who died from a drug overdose.

Friday afternoon, jurors found 27-year-old Cain Moss of La Crosse guilty of hiding a corpse and first degree reckless homicide.

The jury reached its verdict in the Cain Moss trial in less than two hours.

In August of 2011, police say 40-year-old Anthony DuCharme died after smoking a fentanyl patch.

Prosecutors sid Moss dumped DuCharme’s body on Indian Hill.

Assistant District Attorney Jessica Skemp said people without medical experience shouldn’t handle drugs.

If someone dies of an overdose, dealers will be held accountable.

“I hope that in trying these cases that people understand that controlled substances are really very dangerous to people,” said Skemp.

Moss’ attorney said her client is a changed man.

She also said she’s disappointed with the verdict.

“I do not think that the state had proved their case or provided sufficient evidence for the jury to find both counts beyond reasonable doubt,” said Candice Tlustosch.

DuCharme’s brother David said the jury made the right decision.

“I was very thankful that it was a very fast verdict. That the evidence spoke for itself,” said David DuCharme.

His sister Jennifer Goede said there’s a little closure, but that this case has no real winners.

“The verdict isn’t going to bring our brother back. Mr. Moss is going to have to live with this for the rest of his life,” said Goede.

Cain Moss’ sentencing is set for September 19.

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A jury in La Crosse County has found Twenty-seven-year-old Cain Moss of La Crosse guilty of hiding a corpse and first degree reckless homicide/deliver drugs.

The jury came back with the guilty verdict around 1 p.m. Friday.

We will have more on this story in our evening newscasts.

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The trial began Monday for a man accused of dumping the body of a drug overdose victim.

Twenty-seven-year-old Cain Moss of La Crosse has been charged with Hiding a Corpse and First Degree Reckless Homicide/Deliver Drugs.

He’s accused of dumping 40-year-old Anthony DuCharme’s body on Indian Hill in August of 2011.

DuCharme allegedly died after smoking a fentanyl patch at a house on Wood Street in La Crosse.

The defense said Moss didn’t deliver the fentanyl, and that it wasn’t a big factor in DuCharme’s death.

The defense also denied Moss hid the body or that he tried to cover up a crime.

The prosecution said Moss covered up the crime, because he knew he was responsible.

“Mr. Moss decided to hide it to protect himself, protect his father, protect his girlfriend and get rid of Mr. DuCharme’s body,” said prosecutor Jessica Skemp.

“It doesn’t matter whether anyone else thought that Mr. Moss had intent to commit a crime at this point. What matters is if Mr. Moss had the intent to commit a crime,” said defense Candice Tlustosch.

The trial is set to continue Tuesday morning.


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